The Dicky Buckle Fund CIO is a small grant giving charity that supports young and emerging creative talents, charitable artistic causes and education, with a focus on ballet and dance”   Named after the wonderfully outrageous ballet critic Richard Buckle, The Dicky Buckle Fund was founded to assist in widening access to support for creative work and to broaden access to dance in general. The charity offers small grants to successful applicants for the creation of original work, educational projects and artistic support. We have particular interest in projects that help further education in the arts, particularly those relating to dance. It is the charity’s ethos to not only give young creative talent the opportunity to produce new and exciting work, but to also help provide a platform for it to be presented on. As part of the charity’s efforts to widen access to dance activity for all, we have just started to expand the charity’s work to include working with children. We particularly hope to assist with giving children with disabilities and illness the opportunity to enjoy dance and ballet, just as much as those with greater access and opportunity. As a small registered charity, our income is reliant on charitable donations and so without the generous support of philanthropic patrons, we would not be able to continue to grow and develop this important work. All support makes a huge difference – and so all donations, whether large or small, will help the The Dicky Buckle Fund to achieve its ambitions in bringing new and original work to the widest audience possible. If you would like to support us in any way, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Judy Williamson
Trustee

Mr Henry Lancaster
Trustee 
Sir Henry Rumbold
Chair of Trustees
Lady Holly Rumbold
Trustee

Contributions welcome

 

If you'd like to donate please contact us by using the form below 

Support

Over the last seven years the fund has supported many works by young and talented choreographers such as Mara Galeazzi, Vitali afronkine, Ksenia Ovsyanick,  Christine Sundt, Jenna Lee and Jorge Garcia Perez to name but a few, as well as more established names.

Ambitions

The charity’s aims and ambitions are to support young artists and creatives in their desire to create new work. The charity through its endeavours supports educational programmes and initiatives to further education in the arts with a focus on ballet and dance, as well as to engage new young audiences.

Ethos 

It is the charity’s ethos to not only give young creative talent the opportunity to produce new and exciting work but for us also to work with bodies to help provide a platform for it to be presented on.

TO ADVANCE EDUCATION IN THE ARTS IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT LIMITED TO BALLET AND CONTEMPORARY DANCE WITH A FOCUS ON SUPPORTING YOUNG EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHIC TALENT AND EXCELLENCE

 

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How to apply for a grant

The charity gives small grants to successful applicants for projects that meet the ethos of the fund and the tenets it was set up on. If you would like to apply for a grant for a project then please write to us in the first instance and include a short precis/synopsis of the project.  The synopsis should be no longer than 300 words. 

If the board of trustees feel that it is something the charity would like to support then an application form and letter will be emailed to you. If your application is not approved, you will required to wait for six months before re-applying.

What we do

The charity offers small grants to young and emerging creative talents in the field of ballet and dance.  The charity in general offers grants between £450 - £5000 to successful application for the creation of original work, education projects, artist support, student funding and projects that help further the education in the arts with a focus on ballet and dance.

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Sponsor An Artist Scheme

If you would like to support an artist then please email us. We are contacted regularly by young creatives, choreographers, designers and dancers who do not have the income to complete training or would benefit from a sponsor or benefactor at the beginning of their training and early career.  Your support can make a big difference. 

Choreographic Competition 2019

We will soon be announcing an exciting creative project in the form of a Choreographic competition. Watch this space for more details!

Projects in progress

At present all grants that have been issued have been completed.  We will be posting news on the next round of grants over the coming months.

Previous grants

Proudly, since the funds inception in 2010, it has been a spring board for over 20 short works by young and emerging creative talents. We hope to continue to help create new work by young talents for years to come and hope you will help us to help them. 

Examples of original work created in conjunction with the Dicky Buckle Fund:

Threads - (Christine Sundt) 
Dans Le Meme Souffle - (Vitali Safronkine)
Les Copines - (Tim Podesta)
Lightness of Being - (Ksenia Ovsyanick)
Tango in Red - (Jenna Lee)
2,2,3. - (Will Tuckett)
Remembrance - (Mara Galeazzi)
Summertime - (George Williamson)
Auto Continuance - (Daniel Davidson)
Aubade - (Alastair Marriott)
Ampersand - (Jamie Thompson)
Charlotte’s Waltz - (Valentina Turcu)